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CanCham News Roundup: March 6

Ontario Spring Trade Mission to China
Ministers Jeff Leal and Michael Chan have announced they will lead a trade mission to China from April 16-25. The mission aims to increase opportunities for Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector in the Chinese market, according to a news release from the Ontario government.
The mission will introduce a new group of companies to the China market, and will support and strengthen government-to-government and business-to-business connections created during Premier Wynne’s 2014 trade mission. The mission will include visits to Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Shouguang and Hong Kong, and is part of Ontario’s Going Global Strategy to helpthe province’s businesses—especially SMEs—expand into priority markets.

B.C. Lumber Exports to China Fall for First Time in a Decade
A five percent drop in softwood lumber exports to China in 2014 marks the first annual decrease for B.C. in almost a decade, reports www.canadianmanufacturing.com.
According to B.C.’s statistics agency, more than 7.5 million cubic metres of lumber valued at Cdn$1.4 billion was shipped to China in 2014, compared with 7.9 million cubic metres worth Cdn$1.39 billion in 2013. China has been an important consumer of Canadian lumber in recent years, especially as exports to the U.S. slowed.

New Brunswick-made Nuclear Plant Device Sold to China
A private New Brunswick firm is exporting a multi-million-dollar fuel-handling simulator used in nuclear power plants to China, reports the CBC. The simulator is the second of its kind in the world, and N.B. firm Atlantic Nuclear is slated to ship it next month to the client company, Qinshan Nuclear Power Corp., in China.
Atlantic Nuclear says it hopes to sell the device abroad to countries such as Romania, Korea and Argentina.

Canadian Mining Project Partners with China
A Canadian mining company is teaming up with a Chinese state-owned mining enterprise for work in the Yukon recovering copper, gold and silver, reports the CBC.
Copper North Mining is partnering with the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, whose engineers will design the equipment for the project in China, then ship it to Canada where Canadian engineering firm JDS Energy and Mining Inc., will assemble it. The move is intended to reduce costs.